Four Blue Rider Films Air on North American Cable in September 2018Four films produced and/or financed by Blue Rider air on North American cable TV in September. Travel comedy AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Jackie Chan, John Cleese) is on HBO. Escape drama RESCUE DAWN (Christian Bale, Steve Zahn) appears on Showtime. Thriller THE BIG BANG (Antonio Banderas, Delroy Lindo) screens on Cinel. And sexy thriller SURVIVAL ISLAND (Kelly Brook, Billy Zane) can be seen on Showtime Beyond.
"Driven" to Close Venice Fest, Play Toronto"Driven," a tense action thriller produced by Blue Rider's Walter Josten and his partner in Puerto Rico, Luillo Ruiz of Pimiento Films, will close this year's Venice Film Festival on September 8th and then go into general release. Two days later it will play at the Toronto Film Festival.
Written by Colin Bateman and directed by Nick Hamm, it stars Jason Sudekis, Lee Pace and Judy Greer and tells of an FBI sting to capture maverick car designer John DeLorean on drug charges. A documentary on how it was filmed on Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria, will spool at both fests. 200 island residents left their damaged homes to work on the film. Josten exec-produced the doc.
Netflix Touts 2 More Blue Rider FilmsNetflix is recommending two more films Blue Rider was involved with to its millions of subscribers. Teen escape drama HOLES, starring Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voigt, Patricia Arquette and Khleo Thomas, is described thus: "Falsely accused of stealing sneakers, a nerdy teenager is sent to a detention camp, where he and the other delinquents are forced by the sadistic warden to dig holes as a character-building exercise. But what's the real reason for all the digging?" Also recommended is travel comedy-adventure AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, starring Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan, with dozens of cameos by the likes of John Cleese, Owen and Luke Wilson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kathy Bates. Netflix says: "Eccentric inventor Phineas Fogg bets the Minister of Science that he can circle the world in 80 days. He's joined on his epic adventure by his valet (who's actually a thief in disguise) and a beautiful artist they meet during a stop in Paris." Blue Rider was co-executive producer and bridge lender on the latter and provided production services on the former.
Blue Rider’s Josten Exec-Produces PRIMAL, Starring Cage and JanssenLuillo Ruiz, of Pimienta Film Company, produces, and Blue Rider president Walter Josten executive produces the action thriller Primal, starring Nicholas Cage and Famke Janssen, directed by Nick Powell (Outcast) and written by Richard Leder (The Suspect). A big-game hunter for zoos who books passage on a freighter with exotic and deadly animals along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals. Filming now in Puerto Rico.
Blue Rider Aids Puerto Rico Fundraising EffortBlue Rider has joined other film companies in CINE.org’s significant Puerto Rico Film Friends Relief, which so far has raised a lot of money for the hurricane –battered island. CINE 1999 Golden Eagle recipient, Walter Josten, and Luillo Ruiz of Pimienta Films have assembled an extended motion picture family via six major feature films on the island including: REPLICAS starring Keanu Reeves; IMPRISONED with Laurence Fishburne, Juan Pablo Raba, Juana Acosta and Edward James Olmos; CIGARETTE headlined by John Travolta; ANA featuring Andy Garcia, Dafne Keen, and Jeanne Tripplehorn; DRIVEN with Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Corey Stoll, and Judy Greer; and PRIMAL with Nicolas Cage.
Garcia and Travolta have been especially instrumental in raising funds for Puerto Rico. Six months after the hurricanes, which killed 60 people, 16% of the island--200,000 homes and businesses--still lack electricity. This is the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 89 years.
CINE (Council on International Non-Theatrical Events) accepts donations from $5 up at website www.cine.org. Donations are tax deductible.
Blue Rider CEO Walter Josten Exec Producing IMPRISONED Starring Laurence FishburneLaurence Fishburne, Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, John Heard, Jon Huertas and Juan Pablo Raba will star in the indie thriller Imprisoned, now filming in Puerto Rico with Walter Josten executive producing, along with Greg Schenz, Tannaz Anisi and Holly Levow. Luillo Ruiz of Pimiento Film Co. is a producer of the film.
Paul Kampf Kampf (Best Fake Friends) is a producer and directing from his own script, described as a revenge thriller wrapped around a love story with the question of the sacrifices made for love.
Blue Rider Produces, Helps Finance “Birth of the Dragon”Set in 1960s San Francisco, Birth of the Dragon is an action drama inspired by Bruce Lee kung fu movie and deals with his legendary 1964 battle with kung fu master Wong Jack Man. It is directed by George Nolfi (writer of The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve; director of Adjustment Bureau ) and written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele (Oscar nominated for Oliver Stone’s Nixon). Walter Josten is co-executive producer, and Blue Rider provided tax credit financing.
Cinematography on Birth of the Dragon is by Amir Mokri (32 credits including The Joy Luck Club, Man of Steel and Fast & Furious. The film was a hit at the Toronto Film Festival.
Netflix Recommends 5 Other Blue Rider FilmsNetflix is pointing its millions of DVD subscribers to five other films on which Blue Rider was a lender and/or producer. It points them to SURVIVAL ISLAND as an Action Thriller, to ASYLUM as an Erotic Thriller, to RESCUE DAWN as a Military & War Drama, to MY 5 WIVES as a Late Night Comedy and to AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS as a Family Comedy.
KEITH is One of BuzzFeed's 45 Hidden Netflix Gems You Should SeeBuzzFeed released its list of 45 hidden Netflix gems you should see, and 2007 teen romantic drama KEITH, on which Blue Rider was a lender, is included. Other must-see's on the list are MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES, THE PARADISE, DOC MARTIN, THE KILLING, THE HUNT and CALL THE MIDWIFE.
KEITH stars former teen heart-throb Jesse McCartney, Elizabeth Harnois (C.S.I.) and and Jennifer Grey (Golden Globe nomination for DIRTY DANCING). It tells of a teen queen who thinks she knows it all until she meets a new male student with a secret.
Netflix rated it four stars (that's high) and five of the first seven member reviewers on the site (http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70111502?trkid=13752289) gave it five stars (perfect).
One wrote: "Funny. Emotional. Heartbreaking. One of those movies that leaves you with a frown in your face and teary eyes... I haven't felt such an emotional connection to a movie since the Notebook. That says it all... I was NOT expecting such beauty and such depth from this movie... This is NOT a teen movie but a movie about teens in some of the most troubled aspects of life.. I just loved it and felt it all the way. Spectacular acting for the main protagonist."
Our Film GOSPEL HILL is a Netflix PickNetflix recommends to is millions of worldwide subscribers the drama GOSPEL HILL, on which Blue Rider was the bridge financier. It stars Giancarlo Esposito, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Julia Stles and Samuel L. Jackson. Netflix writes: "In a small Southern town, the longstanding residents of the Gospel Hill neighborhood are being forced out of their homes to make way for a pricey housing development, pushing race relations to explosive heights in this gripping drama. Meanwhile, the mystery behind the decades-old murder of civil rights pioneer Peter Malcolm haunts his son (Danny Glover) and the ex-sheriff (Tom Bower) who deliberately botched the investigation." This film is recommended in the categories MYSTERY, SOCIAL ISSUE DRAMAS, DRAMAS and AFRICAN AMERICAN DRAMAS.